Pat Buchanan: Prepare to be Swiftboated!
The Far Right has been savaging anyone who disagrees with the Bush Administration. Their latest punching bag: the six retired generals who have called for Rumsfeld’s firing. It’s kind of ironic, since most of these rightwing attackers wouldn’t know a military uniform if it bit ‘em on the ass.
Pat Buchanan has written a column supporting the retired generals. No doubt, bloggers on the Right will be dragging him through the mud.
According to his column, 75% of the officers currently in Iraq agree with the six retired generals. He says “This is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the U.S. armed forces by senior officers once responsible for carrying out the orders of that leadership.”
Bush is in sort of a bind here. If he stands by Rumsfeld, he’ll be going against a group of generals who have infinitely more credibility than Bush will ever have. But if he fires him, he will have caved in. Loyalty (or the appearance of it) is one of his last selling points. If a group of retired generals persuades him to fire Rumsfeld, the architect of the Iraqi war, there go his virtues of determination and loyalty. Then even rednecks won’t want to go out and have a beer with him.
Pat Buchanan also says: “It is hard to recall a situation in history where retired U.S. Army and Marine Corps generals, almost all of whom had major commands in a war yet under way, denounced the civilian leadership and called on the president to fire his secretary for war…The generals have sent an unmistakable message to Commander in Chief George W. Bush: Get rid of Rumsfeld, or you will lose the war.”
What’s a sheltered pampered president to do?